Normal Aorta


The aorta it’s a large vessel that carries blood from the blood from the hearth to the entire body.

Aortic Disease


An aortic aneurysm is an abnormal bulge in the aorta that develops in areas where the aorta wall is weak. The pressure of the blood pumping through it causes the weakened section to bulge out like a balloon.

Aortic Aneurysms


Thoracic Aorta Aneurysms occur in the portion of the aorta in the chest. A thoracic aortic aneurysm can develop in the aortic root, the ascending aorta, aortic arch or descending aorta.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms occur in the section of the aorta that passes through the abdomen. These are the most common type of aortic aneurysm.



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The aorta is the main and largest artery in the human body, originating from the left ventricle of the heart and extending down to the abdomen, where it splits into two smaller arteries (the common iliac arteries). The aorta distributes oxygenated blood to all parts of the body through the systemic circulation.

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